November 26, 2015

University students receive counseling after 'triggering' Confederate flag seen on computer

StaffRebel Columnist

It sounds too crazy to be true. Have young people these days truly never in their life experienced anything troubling? Something they didn't agree with? Did they go straight from the confines of PBS Kids cartoons and rainbows to the real world?

When 'witnessing' a Confederate flag on a computer results in a report being filed, it's time we took a good hard look at kids these days and tell them to 'suck it up'.

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It's time to be like Morpheus in The Matrix and welcome these adult-children to the real world.

Alas, at Framingham State University in Framingham an email alert was sent out to the student body after a flag was spotted on a laptop. Campus Reform says the email came from Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sean Huddleston.

You can view the email here

Basically, the 'incident' is described, followed by explaining different perspectives of the Confederate flag. “...Because southern states represented by the Confederacy during the Civil War sought to protect and continue the practice of slavery, the Confederate flag is regarded by many as symbolic of the hate that has been associated with slavery and other forms of oppression,” he writes.

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“Symbols such as these are not condoned by University, as they violate the core values of our institution and are not considered consistent with our desire to maintain a safe, respectful, and welcoming campus community for all,” Huddleston said.

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He then encourages staff and students who may have experienced a bias incident to report it. He writes, “bias incidents are situations that may not rise to the level of a criminal act, but still clearly communicate offensive or derogatory behaviors.”

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Finally he concludes, “We recognize that bias incidents are upsetting for the entire campus community, but especially for the target(s) and witness(es) of these incidents. It is strongly suggested that anyone impacted by a bias incident find someone to speak with.”

Huddleston includes a list of counseling services such as the university's chief diversity and inclusion officer, the counseling center and the center for 'inclusive excellence'.

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Just pray these students never spill a glass of skim milk or they'll be in hysterics for the entirety of their Feminist Basket-weaving Art degree and then some.

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commented 2015-12-14 01:22:26 -0500
I would argue the Confederate flag is no more a symbol of oppression then the Niqab.
commented 2015-11-28 16:33:47 -0500
The Confederate States wanted to secede from the United States because of oppressive Federal taxes being levied on them, among other things, like freedom, independence and their autonomy. The slavery part was hardly an issue, few people actually owned slaves. The Stars and Bars was not even the flag of the Confederate states. Too bad so called “higher education” has become mainly a tool of indoctrination into Socialism/soft Communism.
commented 2015-11-26 23:48:07 -0500
I do declare! These snowflakes are in danger of just melting away. How will they ever survive away from their safe zones?
commented 2015-11-26 21:21:39 -0500
I need to get me one of them flags…

But the lefties that came up with this “racist flag” crap still haven’t answered a question I raised: If the Rebel flag was so racist, why did Martin Luther King Jr NOT condemn it?
commented 2015-11-26 19:35:13 -0500
These poor babies will someday be turned loose on the world. What ever will they do? They will spend more time in counselling than contributing to what is left of society. How pathetic.
commented 2015-11-26 19:23:12 -0500
Gosh, I have a picture Nathan Bedford Forrest leading a Confederate cavalry charge on my laptop slideshow screensaver and they’re waving that flag. I’ll have to be careful that a student doesn’t see it or they’ll have an attack of the vapours…
commented 2015-11-26 18:19:49 -0500
Check out this website, . H.K. Edgerton puts it all into perspective.
commented 2015-11-26 17:33:03 -0500
To funny – I wonder what they would need if they had been with me while we dug up a woman who was stoned to death for being raped by a neighbour?
commented 2015-11-26 16:40:24 -0500
What about the Guy from Alabama, with a Banjo on his knee.
Hmm, must have been hard for him to get his pants on!
commented 2015-11-26 15:18:30 -0500
I understand…I feel your pain…go for it!
You’ve heard the phrase ‘music soothes the savage beast’, I presume. Give a listen to this 1916 version of DB Emmett’s great song, “Dixie’s Land”, it may help to heal your savaged soul;
I ‘get a feeling’ too, every time I look at that old Confederate battle flag hanging in the corner, as I’m singing Dixie…

“I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten;
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
In Dixie’s Land where I was born in,
Early on one frosty mornin,
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie’s Land I’ll take my stand
to live and die in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie.
Away, away, away down south in Dixie…"

The South will rise again.
commented 2015-11-26 14:12:22 -0500
i guess freedom of speech is pissed to the wind in this country that thinks all must be unicorns and rainbows.
commented 2015-11-26 14:08:47 -0500
Maurice, the problem is that an HRC might actually take you up on that.
commented 2015-11-26 13:57:29 -0500
Rebel Staff! You posted a picture of a Confederate flag above this piece! I SAW IT!…. I’M TRAUMITIESED! I need counseling! I’ll sue! I’ll file a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal! I’m scarred for life! It will take a judgment of at least $100,000 to alleviate the pain and suffering cause by your reckless actions. If I get 100 K I should be alright.
commented 2015-11-26 13:48:30 -0500
Strange conduct on the part of the university. The civil war had been going on for almost 2 years before the emancipation proclamation. At the start of the war Lincoln stated that slavery would be allowed to continue where it is currently in place. He took a go along to get along approach in order to keep the nation from breaking apart. That being said, there were a number of other reasons for why the civil war started. In my view, to associate the Confederate flag with slavery and nothing else is revisionist.
commented 2015-11-26 13:44:35 -0500
Not to worry.

When the new North American nation of the Red States, and breakaway Canadian provinces, is created, the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia will fly high as the flag of this great nation.
commented 2015-11-26 12:51:42 -0500
What a generation of wusses we have now. Come one, little baby children, grow a damn spine!
commented 2015-11-26 12:17:20 -0500
Universities: Where we make our youth stupider by the day.
Who comes up with this shit? Some people need a slap to show them just how stupid they are being.
commented 2015-11-26 12:11:46 -0500
The left don’t seem to be that mentally stable, if you can just wave a flag in front of them and they require counseling. Suck it up buttercups, and try to use the rational parts of your brains, that is if there is any real brain matter left. Stop letting the leftists jerk you around like puppets!
commented 2015-11-26 11:44:18 -0500
Confederate flag can go for good.
commented 2015-11-26 11:36:47 -0500
I hope they have a ‘trigger warning’ on the santa claus parade too. it really does stereotype elves everywhere.